Research course

Theatre and Performance Studies

University of Warwick · School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree and a Master’s (or equivalent) in a related subject.

Please make sure you check the full course details online before you apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies offers a unique opportunity to undertake original and independent research at a leading department in its field, known for its internationalism and innovation. This degree offers the flexibility to undertake a written thesis or a combination of practice as research and written component.

The Theatre and Performance Studies department is internationally recognised as one of the leading departments in the discipline.

Our extensive research portfolio and high-profile staff presence through editorial positions and participation in organisations such as IFTR, Psi and TaPRA, has meant that we have fostered and maintained links with national and international organisations as well as extensive academic networks.

This degree provides wide-ranging opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in the high-quality research of the department including research seminars and conferences, students working groups and an annual postgraduate symposium.

Subject to the approval of the department, candidates may submit research that has two components: a written thesis and a body of creative practice. The practice as research (PaR) component may involve performance, curation, writing for performance, translation, applied theatre projects or digital outcome.

Supervision for doctoral students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in theatre and performance research. We supervise a wide range of students from a variety of different countries and backgrounds and welcome this diversity among our student body.

Information for international students

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Fees and funding

For more information on funding please visit our Postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585